World Language Department

The Foreign Language Department believes the study of foreign languages has educational, cultural and vocational value.  By offering classical and modern languages, the department strives to foster respect for foreign cultures, past and present, and to broaden academic skills.

Department Chairperson: Mr. Mike Kowalczyk | 732 549 1108 x670

Spanish I (S600)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 9, 10

Spanish I is a foundation course for students with no prior Spanish experience needed. The target proficiency level, as identified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), is Novice-Mid. By the end of the academic year, stu-dents should be able to engage in conversation on familiar topics in the present tense and understand Hispanic customs and their infusion into American society.

Spanish I Honors (S602)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 9, 10
Prerequisites: Placement determined by the High School Placement Test and grammar school transcript

Spanish I Honors is a foundation course for students with no prior Spanish experience needed. Students are required to use the target language and language skills are enhanced through class discussions, compositions and novels. The target proficiency level, as identified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), is Novice-High. By the end of the academic year, students should be able to engage in conversation on famil-iar topics in the present and past tenses and understand Hispanic customs and their infusion into American society.

Spanish II (S610)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Spanish I or placement test.

Spanish II is a continuation and expansion of the fundamentals of Spanish. Students are required to use the target language and language skills are enhanced through class discussions, compositions and readings. The target proficiency level, as identified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), is Novice-High. By the end of the academic year, students should be able to engage in conversation in the several tenses, describe past events, predict future events, and make comparisons between American and Hispanic cultures.

Spanish II Honors (S612)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11
Prerequisites: "B" average in Spanish I Honors; teacher recommendation; or placement test

Spanish II Honors is a continuation and expansion of the funda-mentals of Spanish. Students are required to use the target language and language skills are enhanced through class discussions, compositions and novels. The target proficiency level, as identified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), is Intermediate-Low. By the end of the academic year, students should be able to engage in conversation on fa-miliar topics and understand Hispanic culture.

Spanish III (S620)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: "C+" average in Spanish II; teacher recommendation 

Spanish III builds upon the fundamentals of Spanish with ad-vanced vocabulary and structures. Students are required to use the target language and language skills are enhanced through class discussions, compositions and readings. The target proficiency level, as identified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is Intermediate-Low. By the end of the academic year, students should be able to engage in conversa-tion in several tenses, discuss and defend opinions, and make comparisons between American and Hispanic cultures.

Spanish III Honors (S622)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: "B" average in Spanish II Honors; teacher recommendation

Spanish III Honors builds upon the fundamentals of Spanish with advanced vocabulary and structures. Students are required to use the target language and language skills are enhanced through class discussions, compositions and independent readings. Additional cultural readings on Spain and the Hispanic world are presented. The target proficiency level, as identified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), is Intermediate-Mid. Buy the end of the academic year, students should be able to engage in conversation in several tenses, discuss and defend opinions, and make comparisons between American and Hispanic cultures.

Spanish IV (S630)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 11, 12
Prerequisites: "C+" average in Spanish III; teacher recommendation

Spanish IV integrates the extensive language experience gained in levels 1 though 3. Students are required to use the target language and language skills are enhanced through oral presentations, class discussions, compositions and selected short stories. The target proficiency level, as identified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), is Intermediate-Mid. By the end of the academic year, students should be able to lead conversation in several tenses, discuss and defend opinions, and explain the diversity of Hispanic cultures.

Spanish IV Honors (S630)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 11, 12
Prerequisites: "B" average in Spanish III Honors; teacher recommendation

Spanish IV Honors integrates the extensive language experience gained in levels 1 through 3. Students are required to use the tar-get language and language skills are enhanced through oral presen-tations, class discussions, compositions and selected works of literature and film. The target proficiency level, as identified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), is Advanced-High. By the end of the academic year, students should be able to lead conversation in several tenses, discuss and defend opinions, and explain the diversity of Hispanic cultures.

Spanish V Honors: Seminar in Modern Hispanic Topics (S635)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 12
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation; "B" or better in Spanish IV Honors; "B+" or better in Spanish IV.

Spanish V is a seminar-style course in modern Hispanic topics. Students are required to use the target language and language skills are enhanced through oral presentations, class discussions, literary and film analysis, and assigned compositions based on contemporary issues in Latin America and Spain. The target proficiency level, as identified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), is Advanced-Mid.

Spanish for Heritage Speakers I (S640)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 9, 10
Prerequisites: Oral interview

This class is designed for heritage learners who are proficient speakers of Spanish. The objectives of the course are to expand communication skills and cultural knowledge, including the study of students' own cultural heritage. Students will learn to use Spanish beyond familiar contexts by reading relevant literary selections and will develop writing skills for academic purposes. Spanish for Heritage Speakers is a two-year sequence, which is followed by Spanish IV or Spanish IV Honors.

Italian I (I600)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 9, 10

Italian I is a foundation course with no prior Italian experience needed. The target proficiency level, as identified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), is Nov-ice-Mid. By the end of the academic year, students should be able to engage in conversation on familiar topics and understand Italian culture.

Italian I Honors (I602)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 9, 10
Prerequisites: Determined by the High School Placement Test and grammar school transcript.
Italian I Honors is a foundation course for students with no prior Italian experience needed. Students are required to use the target language and language skills are enhanced through class discussions, compositions and novels. The target proficiency level, as identified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), is Novice-High. By the end of the academic year, students should be able to engage in conversation on familiar topics and understand Italian culture.

Italian II (I610)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Italian I or placement test.

Italian II is a continuation and expansion of the fundamentals of Italian. Students are required to use the target language and language skills are enhanced through class discussions, compositions and readings. The target proficiency level, as identified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), is Novice-High. By the end of the academic year, students should be able to engage in conversation in the several tens-es, describe past events, predict future events and make comparisons between American and Italian cultures.

Italian II Honors (I612)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation; "B" or better in Italian I Honors or placement test.
Italian II Honors is a continuation and expansion of the fundamentals of Italian. Students are required to use the target language and language skills are enhanced through class discussions, composi-tions and novels. The target proficiency level, as identified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), is Intermediate-Low. By the end of the academic year, students should be able to engage in conversation on familiar topics and understand Italian culture.

Italian III (I620)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 10th, 11th, 12th
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation; "C+" or better in Italian II.

Italian III builds upon the fundamentals of Italian with advanced vocabulary and structures. Students are required to use the target language and language skills are enhanced through class discus-sions, compositions and readings. The target proficiency level, as identified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), is Intermediate-Low. By the end of the academic year, students should be able to engage in conversation in several tenses, discuss and defend topics, and make comparisons between American and Italian cultures.

Italian III Honors (I622)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation; "B" or better in Italian II Honors.

Italian III Honors builds upon the fundamentals of Italian with advanced vocabulary and structures. Students are required to use the target language and language skills are enhanced through class discussions, compositions and independent readings. The target proficiency level, as identified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, is Intermediate-Mid. By the end of the academic year, students should be able to engage in conversation in several tenses, discuss and defend opinions, and make comparisons between American and Italian cultures.

Italian IV: Seminar in Modern Italian Topics (I630)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 11, 12
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation; "C+" or better in Italian III.

Italian IV is a seminar-style course in modern Italian topics. Students are required to use the target language and language skills are enhanced through oral presentations, class discussions, literary and film analysis and assigned compositions based on contemporary issues in Italy. The target proficiency level, as identified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), is Intermediate-High.

Italian IV Honors: Seminar in Modern Italian Topics (I632)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 11, 12
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation; "B" or better in Italian III Honors.

Italian IV Honors is a seminar-style course in modern Italian topics. Students are required to use the target language and language skills are enhanced through oral presentations, class discussions, literary and film analysis and assigned compositions based on contemporary issues in Italy. The target proficiency level, as identified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), is Advanced-Low.

French I (F600)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 9, 10

French I is a foundation course for students and no prior French experience is needed. The target proficiency level, as identified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), is Novice-Mid. By the end of the academic year, students should be able to engage in conversation on familiar topics and understand French culture.

French I Honors (F602)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 9
Prerequisite: Placement determined by the High School Placement Test.

French 1 Honors is a foundation course for students and no prior French experience is needed. Students are required to use the tar-get language and language skills are enhanced through class discussions, compositions and novels. The target proficiency level, as identified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), is Novice-High. By the end of the academic year, students should be able to engage in conversation on famil-iar topics and understand French culture.

Latin I Honors (L602)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 9
Prerequisite: Placement determined by the High School Placement Test.

Latin I Honors is an important part of the Honors program. Latin provides a foundation in both vocabulary and grammar for the study of other languages and aids in strengthening the knowledge of English. The study of Latin supports the development of analytic thinking and is helpful in liberal arts, the medical, paramedical and legal fields. Latin I emphasizes the basics of grammar, the study of vocabulary and the rules needed for correct translation. Roman culture is interspersed throughout the course.

Latin II Honors (L612)

Credit: 5 Grade Level: 10
Prerequisites: "B" average in Latin I Honors; teacher recommendation

Latin II Honors begins with a review of Latin I concepts. Students then develop their vocabulary and complete the study of basic grammar. Roman culture is integrated into the course.

Latin III Honors (L622)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 11
Prerequisites: "B" or better in Latin II Honors; teacher recommendation

The first semester includes a review of basic grammar and acquisition of some finer points through examples of personal writing styles in brief prose texts that highlight Roman history from the fall of the Republic to the rise of the Empire. This is followed in the second semester by close analysis of major Roman authors, most significantly Caesar, Cicero and Virgil.

Latin IV Honors (L632)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 12
Prerequisites: "B" average in Latin III Honors; teacher recommendation

Latin IV covers various texts by classical Latin authors such as Horace, Ovid, Catullus, Cicero, Livy and Plautus. Poetic forms, grammatical structures, figures of speech and metrics are introduced as needed before studying selected readings from Virgil, Ovid and Catullus. Additional units may be added covering Medieval and Renaissance texts to explore Latin beyond the classical period and introductory linguistics, to understand the theoretical foundations of language.

Chinese III Honors (C622)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 11th, 12th
Prerequisites: "B" average in Chinese II Honors; teacher recommendation

Chinese III Honors will further strengthen the students’ communication skills, especially in the recognition and writing of Chinese characters. Students are instructed in the target language. In addition, culture-related materials (literature selections, movies, documentaries) are presented to help the students better understand elements that influence the development of Chinese society. More advanced grammatical structures and about 200 new phrases are introduced.

Latin I Honors (L602)

Credits: 5
Grade Level: 9
Prerequisite: Placement determined by the High School Placement Test.

Latin I Honors is an important part of the Honors program. Latin provides a foundation in both vocabulary and grammar for the study of other languages and aids in strengthening the knowledge of English. The study of Latin supports the development of analytic thinking and is helpful in liberal arts, the medical, paramedical and legal fields. Latin I emphasizes the basics of grammar, the study of vocabulary and the rules needed for correct translation. Roman culture is interspersed throughout the course.